Cisco offers an extensive portfolio of wireless networking products and technologies intended to provide continual access to information and other resources and to promote teamwork among workers, partners, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of wireless access points, as well as Cisco's Wireless Network Controller plug-ins and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consultants can help organizations of all sizes to deploy Cisco wireless products to accommodate the new model of BYOD networks by converging their tethered and untethered ecosystems to achieve simplified deployment, consistent and fast throughput, single-point management, uniform policy enforcement, high availability, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Access
Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution can expand to up to 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 connectivity at local or offsite locations such as enterprise campuses, college lecture halls, branches, and home offices. Cisco's Wi-Fi access points and controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to deliver the identical degree of protection, performance, and ease of management for wireless LANs that businesses demand in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services like IP voice, HD video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network technology allows companies to build Wi-Fi environments that improve the way they work and enhance output through a mobile and connected employee base.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services offers online or on-premises support to help your organization to design, deploy, maintain, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any venue. Also, Progent offers economical online and on-premises wireless site surveys to help your company to plan and deploy a Wi-Fi LAN with customized access point clusters optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Cisco Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs allow businesses to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the coverage, capacity, performance, security and ease of management required to support virtually any environment. Cisco's access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n devices with data rates of 300 Mbps intended for small companies or telecommuters to dual-radio 802.11ac access points capable of handling 200 or more wireless clients on each AP and offering sustained throughput of up to 1.9 Gb. Cisco's latest line of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the capacity to support environments with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.
Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Family of wireless access points are Linux-based units intended as value-priced wireless solutions for small offices. Many models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of wireless access points work with Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, manage and troubleshoot a group of wireless access points from one device via a simple web browser tool. All models include POE and provide QoS, rogue AP detection, and bridging for connecting to another Ethernet LAN.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 AP is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz unit able to support 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle data rates of 300 Mbps. Cisco's Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point able to support 16 active wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, and can support throughput of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow AP clustering. The Cisco WAP150 is a value-priced dual-radio 802.11ac/n AP that includes a one Gbit Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's WAP1501 supports four access points per cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for up to 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-AP cluster. The Cisco WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support sustained throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N AP that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. The Cisco WAP361 supports eight access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-radio AP that supports 802.11a/b/g/n as well as the latest 802.11ac IEEE Wi-Fi standard. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface, can support as many as 32 active wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 802.11n Selectable Band access point features one GE port and dual concurrent radios that offer 450 Mbps performance for each radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is like the WAP 561 but has a single selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (the weather-proof outside version) are dual-band 802.11ac wireless access points that feature two Gb Ethernet ports with link aggregation (LAG), and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both APs can handle 32 clients per radio and 16 APs per cluster.
For details about Progent's support for current and legacy Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 series of wireless access points, see Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 wireless access points planning and support.
Cisco's Aironet Line of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has for years been the leading access point solution. Aironet wireless access points range from value-priced entry-level devices to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family span multiple generations of models supporting the continually improving 11x specification. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the speed as well as superior range and user density compared to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest dual-band Aironet access points continue to support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that lack 802.11ac radios.
The oldest Aironet access points are now outdated devices that have come to end-of-life status and are no longer fully supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of access points and can help your company to maintain your existing Aironet wireless environment or upgrade smoothly to the latest Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from value-priced devices for general use to enterprise-class products that offer up to 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation features such as self-configuring plug-and-play deployment, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in traffic analysis, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Each Meraki indoor access point also includes two powerful radios with enhanced reception plus a separate radio that provides (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 rated, designed to withstand rugged outdoor environments, and tested to resist dust particles, shock and humidity. Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for Meraki APs and cloud management, see Meraki wireless access points consulting services.
Cisco Wave 2 802.11ax WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 wireless controllers allow fast data exchange, provisioning, administration, monitoring and troubleshooting for Cisco Wi-Fi appliances and services. Cisco has developed both physical and software-based Wi-Fi controllers for unified management of WiFi networks, but systems with a large number of wireless APs typically require physical Wi-Fi controllers. New Wi-Fi controller appliances from Cisco offer significant benefits in comparison to Wave 1 and older products such as greater performance, concurrent support for both 1G and 10G interfaces, enhanced application visibility and control (AVC), and hardened, built-in security.
Cisco's 3504 WiFi Controller is a value-priced device available in a desktop form factor and intended for small and medium-sized organizations. You can use the 3504 in a centralized WLAN environment such as in lean branch and remote offices managed across the wide-area network with Cisco FlexConnect, or in bridge installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 clients, delivers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. Cisco's 3504 wireless controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet port and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. Access points can be connected to the WiFi controller through two Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports. The 3504 Wi-Fi controller offers subsecond failover for APs and users, which provides nonstop availability for applications. As with other current Wave 2 wireless controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the built-in ability to communicate with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 WiFi controllers.
Cisco's 5520 Wireless Controller, available in a 1 rack unit (RU) enclosure, is designed for midsize to large organizations and campus environments and can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller supports as many as 1,500 Wi-Fi access points and 20,000 client users, offers 20 Gbps performance, and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 model controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates solid-state storage, backup fans, optional backup power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2RU enclosure, is a high-end wireless controller designed to support enterprises, service providers, and large campus environments. The 8540 Wireless controller can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh architectures and supports up to 6,000 access points and 64,000 clients. The 8540 Wireless controller offers throughput as high as 40 Gbps and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE interfaces and features SSD storage, backup power supplies, redundant fans, and rapid failover.
Wave 1 Cisco WiFi Network Controllers
Cisco wireless LAN controllers cut the effort and cost needed to configure, monitor, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of functions such as provisioning access points, applying single-point policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service for voice and video, tracking and optimizing network health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) tools to defend against unauthorized access and DDoS attacks, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and offers desktop or rackmount controllers, modular add-on controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless LAN controllers allow AP and client stateful switchover by enabling a standby high-availability controller to synch with a primary controller for AP license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the main controller goes down, thousands of access points and clients can failover immediately to the backup controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers used by small to medium-sized businesses and branches. This value-priced and expandable module can handle from five to 200 wireless access points and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management support.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and have an integrated wireless network controller with the capability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless network controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 APs and 2000 clients. The WiSM2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches with a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and able to deliver 20 Gbps performance and able to handle 1000 wireless access points and up to 15,000 clients. (For information about Progent's support for Catalyst switches, refer to Catalyst switches configuration and troubleshooting services.)
Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for small and midsize businesses and branches. The Cisco 2500 wireless network controller can handle 5 to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and can deliver sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campuses and can support up to 500 access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage up to 1000 APs and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering performance of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high amounts of video-intensive mobile applications.
Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage massive collections of wireless remote sites from one datacenter, eliminating the need for a wireless controller at every branch. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to build a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance designed to monitor and manage wireless networks for large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and up to 64,000 clients while delivering 10 Gbps throughput.
For more information about Cisco WiFi controllers, see Cisco wireless controllers consulting services.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity virtually made obsolete the prior releases of Wi-Fi devices for many environments that support high numbers of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive applications. Even for organizations who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless devices have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can present significant maintenance and regulatory compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer online and onsite support services for a wide array of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist organizations to evaluate the business case for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can help in planning and executing affordable, seamless migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy wireless products that Progent's consultants still support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet APs
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are designed for offices and other locations which have little environmental variability. These products include built-in antennas that offer predictable radio range profiles. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series wireless access point is available for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a transmission.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are intended for more challenging radio frequency situations like factories or above suspended ceilings which tend to require flexible protruding antennas and durable cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series access point is available for regulatory locations that do not permit 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs offer a cost-effective, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that need access for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a high-speed and feature-rich technology for connecting numerous local area networks in a metro area or public access network. Cisco Aironet bridges provide a flexible, manageable technology that satisfies the protection requirements of wide-area networking specialists. They handle both PTP and PMP configurations with excellent range and the ability to handle data rates as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer data rates substantially faster than E1/T1 links for far less cost, doing away with the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Because bridges require no ongoing charges, savings on connection bills rapidly cover the startup equipment costs. Self-installed private lines and in some cases leased lines using metal or optical cable often result in high startup costs if they are impeded by barriers like freeways, railroads, or bodies of water. Cisco wireless LAN bridges can be installed quickly an offer a fast return on investment.
Cisco 1300 outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be deployed as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a tough cover and provide high-speed, cost-effective wireless connectivity between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.
Cisco 1400 Series bridges provide high-performance, dependable outside wireless bridging for line-of-sight (LOS) applications. They include a ruggedized cover that can withstand harsh outside conditions and function within broad temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco WLAN Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers centralize the management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of key technologies such as intrusion prevention, fast RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. Wireless Network controllers operate with small wireless access points to offer enhanced throughput and advanced control functions.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that system managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch locations to small companies to headquarter campuses. Cisco's legacy Wireless Network Controllers can be configured together to provide accommodation for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Wireless LAN Controller Module for Integrated Services (IS) Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations a cost effective way to deploy and manage secure WLANs at satellite offices. These wireless LAN controllers manage up to a dozen Aironet access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series IS Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Routers. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to assist your business to plan, deploy, manage and repair a converged wired/wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless products that provide the identical security, extensibility, and manageability you demand from your wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain early-generation Wi-Fi solutions from Cisco or migrate efficiently to current 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can advise you about how to build security into your WLAN and into your company's processes. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to configure the high availability (HA) technology built into Cisco's wireless and wired products so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey helps you to design and deploy a state-of-the-art wireless network customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that delivers seamless coverage, high performance and density, Quality of Service features to accommodate IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be delivered online to reduce time and expense, or onsite to deal with more challenging facilities.
For a more in-depth look at Progent's wireless consulting capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support.
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